The Texas audit of the 2020 election in a sample of major counties shows that the status quo for the state’s elections simply cannot be allowed to continue.
The audit results found that thousands of potential non-U.S. citizens were identified as registered to vote. Although the audit did not reveal enough irregularities to potentially have swayed the election (that Donald Trump won in Texas), it does raise the following major concerns:
- Statewide, a total of 11,737 potential non-U.S. citizens were identified as being registered to vote. Of these, 327 records were identified in Collin County, 1,385 in Dallas County, 3,063 in Harris County, and 708 in Tarrant County. So far, Dallas County has canceled 1,193 of these records, with Tarrant County canceling one. Neither Collin nor Harris have canceled any potential non-voting records.
- Since November 2020, 224,585 deceased voters have been removed from the voter rolls in Texas. Collin County removed 4,889 deceased voters, Dallas County removed 14,926 deceased voters, Harris County removed 23,914 deceased voters, and Tarrant County removed 13,955 deceased voters.
- Statewide, a total of 67 potential votes cast in the name of deceased people are under investigation. Of those, three were cast in Collin County, nine in Dallas County, four in Harris County, and one in Tarrant County.
- In a review of each county’s partial manual count report required under Texas law, three of the four counties reported discrepancies between ballots counted electronically versus those counted by hand. The reported reasons for these discrepancies will be investigated and verified during Phase 2 of the audit.
Secretary of State John Scott earlier said that the audit was the country’s “most comprehensive forensic audit of the 2020 election.”
In September, Governor Greg Abbott signed a handful of voter integrity bills into law over the opposition and antics of radical Democratic legislators in the House.
According to Fox reporting, the Texas election integrity bill accomplishes a number of objectives to ensure that elections are free, fair, and legitimate.
“The bill regulates early voting hours, bans drive-thru voting and allows poll watchers to record voters who receive help filling out ballots,” Fox reported. “It will also become a crime for local election officials to reject an appointed poll watcher or send out unsolicited applications/ballots for voting by mail.”
“The bill also expands measures previously only afforded on Election Day.,” the report adds. “Now, even in early voting, poll workers have to let people vote if they were in line before the polls closed. In addition to that, employers must let their employees go vote even during early voting if their work hours conflict. The bill would also give voters the chance to correct their mail-in ballots if it was received with an error.”
In July, nearly 60 Democratic lawmakers fled the state to Washington D.C. in July to prevent a quorum on the voter integrity bills. After a number of the legislators tested positive for Covid, enough Democrats returned to Texas to ensure the quorum. The election integrity bills were passed, along with the authorization for the election audit.
Texas’ audit shows that despite its election integrity measures, there is still a way to go before all the state’s voters can be entirely sure the election results are free from voter fraud.
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